What are cookies?
Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Cookies are widely used by website owners to make their websites work (more) efficiently or to obtain information for reporting.
Cookies set by the website owner are called "first-party cookies." Cookies placed by parties other than the website owner are called "third-party cookies." Third-party cookies enable third-party features or functionalities to be offered on or through the website (e.g., advertising, interactive content, and analytics). The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your computer both when you visit the particular website and when you visit other websites.
We use first-party and third-party cookies for various reasons. Some cookies are technically necessary to make our websites work, and these are identified as "essential" or "strictly necessary." Other cookies also help us to track the interests of our users and improve the experience of our Websites. Third parties may offer cookies through our websites for advertising, analytics, or other purposes. This is described in detail below.
The specific types of first-party and third-party cookies offered by our websites and the functions they perform are described in the table below (please note that the specific cookie offered depends on which website you are visiting):
|Type cookies||How to refuse|
|Essential website cookies:|
These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with the available services through our websites and to use certain features such as access to secure domains. As these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the websites to you, you cannot refuse them. However, you can block or delete them by changing your browser settings as described below under the heading "How can I manage cookies?.
As these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the websites to you, you cannot refuse them. You can, however, block or delete them by changing your browser settings as described below under the heading "How can I manage cookies?.
|Performance and functionality cookies: |
These cookies are used to improve the performance and functionality of our websites, but are not strictly necessary for their use. However, certain features [(such as video)] may be unavailable without these cookies.
To refuse these cookies, follow the instructions below under the heading "How can I manage cookies?
|Analysis and customization cookies:|
These cookies collect information in derivative form to help us understand how our websites are used, how effective marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website for you.
To refuse these cookies, follow the instructions below under the heading "How can I manage cookies?"
These cookies are used to make advertising messages more relevant to you. They perform functions such as preventing the same advertisement from appearing continuously, ensuring that advertisements are displayed correctly for advertisers, and in some cases selecting advertisements based on your interests.
|To refuse these cookies, follow the instructions below under the heading "How can I manage cookies?"|
What about other tracking technologies, such as web beacons?
Cookies are not the only way to recognize or track visitors to a website. We may use other similar technologies from time to time, such as web beacons (also sometimes called "tracking bugs" or "clear gifs"). These are tiny graphic files with a unique identifier that allow us to determine when someone has visited our website. This allows us, for example, to monitor patterns of user traffic from one page to another within our websites, provide cookies or communicate with them, see if you arrived at our websites via an online ad displayed on a third-party website, improve site performance, and measure the success of email marketing campaigns. In many cases, the proper functioning of these technologies depends on cookies and therefore refusing cookies will have a negative effect on performance.
Are Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects used?
Our websites may also use so-called "Flash cookies" (also known as Local Shared Objects or "LSOs") to, among other things, collect and store information about your use of our services, prevent fraud, and perform other site activities.
If you do not want Flash cookies to be stored on your computer, you can change the settings of your Flash player to block the storage of Flash cookies using the tools in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also manage Flash cookies by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions (which may include, for example, explaining how to delete existing Flash cookies (under "information" on the Macromedia website), how to prevent Flash LSOs from being installed on your computer without your consent, and (for Flash Player 8 and later) how to block Flash cookies that are not provided by the page administrator you are currently on).
Note: if Flash Player is set to restrict or limit the acceptance of Flash Cookies, this may reduce or limit the functionality of some Flash applications, including possibly applications used in our online services or content.
Are targeted ads offered?
Third parties may offer cookies on your computer or mobile devices to display ads through our websites. These companies may use information about your visits to these and other websites to display relevant ads for goods and services that you may be interested in. They may also use technology to measure the effectiveness of ads. They can do this by using cookies or web beacons to collect information about your visits to these or other sites to display relevant ads for goods and services that may interest you. The information collected through this process does not enable them to identify your name, contact information, or other personally identifiable information, unless you choose to provide this information.
How can I manage cookies?
You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject cookies. You can indicate your cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt-out link listed in the cookie table above.
You can set or adjust your browser to accept or reject cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, you can still use our website, although your access to some functionality and areas of the website may be restricted. Since the way in which you can reject cookies through your browser settings varies by browser, please refer to your browser's help menu for more information.
For information on cookie management and blocking cookies for numerous browsers, go to All About Cookies. In addition, most advertising networks offer an option to opt out of targeted advertising. For more information, visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or http://www.youronlinechoices.com.
Where can I find more information?
If you have any questions about cookies or other technologies, please call us at [0044 121 711 1102].